DA forces government to reopen anti-corruption watchdog
8 May 2020
The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the quick about-turn announced today by Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu on designating the Public Service Commission (PSC) as a “non-essential” institution.
Following an announcement from the DA this morning that we were preparing to challenge the constitutionality of the government’s irrational decision to designate South Africa’s premier public service anti-corruption watchdog as “non-essential,” Mchunu a few hours later announced that the government had changed its mind, and designated the PSC as the essential services it is.
The DA has won an important victory for good governance and anti-corruption. Without a functioning PSC, ANC cadres would have been able to take looting in the public service to even greater heights that under the corruption nightmare that already plagues South Africa.
Amidst reports of escalating corruption by ANC apparatchiks, including looting of food parcels meant to feed starving citizens, we encourage members of the public as well as public servants to make use of the PSC’s anti-corruption hotline, which the DA has now reopened, by phoning 0800 701 701 or sending an SMS complaint to 39772.